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April 29, 2014  TAGS:  BARN  FALL  RUSTIC  ORANGE  RED  PLUM

Maria & Michael's Magical Barn Wedding

The Alerin Barn, St. Johnsbury, Vermont

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The weather outside might be warming up and the leaves are turning green instead of bright reds and oranges, but we have been saving this rusticly charming wedding to share on our blog for far too long! Birch arbors, cafe lighted barns, and a tractor driven transport epitomize a country classic Vermont wedding. Add in unique details, such as origami paper flower bouquets and a plethora of pies in place of a cake, and you have the perfect recipe for a sweet day of matrimony in the Green Mountains.

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Maria and Michael's October 5th nuptials took place at The Alerin Barn in St. Johnsbury, overlooking the picturesque Northeast Kingdom. Here is what Maria had to say about their planning process, the vendors who helped make it happen, and their favorite details of this special day:

How and where did you meet? My husband and I first met in 1995 while attending Pace University in Westchester, New York. Although we briefly dated during our college years, it wasn't until 2008, 13 years later, that we reconnected and fell in love. In our case, it really was all about the timing!

What was the proposal like? Michael decided to propose to me while we were vacationing in the Iguazu Falls of Argentina, my native country. We were staying in a little cabin in the middle of the jungle, complete with a back porch that had a hammock on it. Michael placed the ring box on the hammock, hoping I would come out and find the surprise, but I was so tired from the flight that I decided to take a nap as soon as we walked in the door. Waiting on the porch, he watched me hop in the bed for a snooze. He paced the room for about a half hour, waiting for me to wake up. When I finally opened my eyes, he was on one knee at the side of the bed. Of course, I said "Yes!"

Why did you choose Vermont for your wedding? Most of our family lives in New York, as well as many of our friends, so we decided that getting married in Vermont would be a great way to get everyone to our neck of the woods for a festive weekend. We chose October 5 so that our guests could enjoy all the beauty of peak foliage. We could not have asked for a better weekend! 

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How did you choose your venue? We knew that we wanted a barn-style wedding, with an outdoor ceremony and an indoor reception. We saw many gorgeous spots that we considered, but just like the dress, when you know it's right, it's right! As soon as we walked into the Alerin Barn, we knew that we had to get married there. The place is absolutely magical! It was the best decision we made.

What was your theme/color palette? Our theme was Fall in Vermont and we went with a purple, orange, and red color palette. My bridesmaids wore gorgeous plum dresses, each in a different style, while I accented my bridal look with an all-red bouquet and red lipstick to match my little girl's scarlet dress.

Instead of cake, we served pie, and the rest of our menu was filled with typical Fall foods, like sweet potatoes, butternut squash soup, and caramel apple souvenirs. We also used pinecones for our placecard holders, had the flower girls sprinkle the aisle with fall leaves instead of rose petals, and used a wishing tree in lieu of a guest book.

What was your favorite detail from your wedding? My favorite detail had to be the flowers. We knew that this was an area we wanted to save money on, so instead of spending a ton of cash on fresh blooms, one of my bridesmaids created origami bouquets for all of my bridesmaids, as well as a stunning red bouquet for myself. She even made little boutonnieres for all of the groomsmen, with tiny magnets attached to them for easy "pinning." I provided the materials, which came to less than $100, and she put in all the hard work. This was her first attempt at origami flowers and she knocked it out of the park!

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What were some of your favorite moments? Michael and I are both huge Pink Floyd fans, so for our processional music, we had an accordion player and a drummer perform "Us and Them" from the album, Dark Side of the Moon. They sounded amazing and I still get goosebumps when I think about how I felt hearing the song playing, while I waited on the other side of the hill before making my entrance. Once I did start my walk down the aisle, the duo played "Something" by The Beatles, one of my all-time favorite songs. It was unique and personal — I highly recommend an accordionist for a ceremony musician!

What was the song you had your first dance to? We chose the theme song to Family Ties for our first song. Our friends who know us well know that we're not the kind of couple to have a specific song we call "our song," so we chose the Family Ties theme because the lyrics fit and we knew it would be a fun throwback for our guests, most of whom grew up in the 80s watching the sitcom. Sure enough, people loved it and started singing along!

How did your vendors help make your wedding day perfect? First and foremost, I can't give enough props to Christy at the Alerin Barn for going above and beyond to make our day seamless. I had a short list of things to do the day of the wedding, but when I arrived at the barn early that morning, Christy had already taken care of everything on my list. The only thing left for me to do was get my hair and makeup done and sip on some champagne. My caterer delivered big time with flavor and presentation, our DJ was professional and followed our guidelines, my bartenders were friendly and kept the party happy, and our photographers were efficient and made sure we weren't tied up with pictures all day. Last but not least, I absolutely love Debbie at Sewly Yours — my dress was everything I dreamed of and more. We wouldn't change a thing! 

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What advice would you give other couples planning their wedding? It's your wedding — do it YOUR way! I knew that I wanted a fall wedding and that I would be decorating on a budget — I loved "leafing" through Vermont Bride Magazine for inspiration! 

VERMONT BRIDE PREFERRED VENDORS: Dress and Alterations: Sewly Yours, Amy Kuschel | DJ: Peak Entertainment

OTHER VENDORS: Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Alerin BarnPhotography: The Portrait GalleryCaterer: The Nomadic ChefBar: TRU SpiritsPastry Chef: Krin’s Bakery Florist: Origami Creations by Bridesmaid Katie Stansfield | Hair Stylist for Bride, Bridesmaids, Flower Girls, and Moms: Man-of-Honor Michael Trifilo | Makeup Artist: Jennifer PerellieInvitations, Menus, and Other Stationery: Penned by Jenn AdamsCeremony Musicians: Teresa Conti on Accordion and Dalton Lyman-Muzzy on Drums | Officiant: Richard Camilli, Friend of the Bride and Groom | Favors: Daffy Apple | Transportation: Butler’s Bus Service